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Kendall Randolph's coach details what Alabama is getting in its newest commitment

Alabama picked up the verbal commitment of in-state four-star offensive lineman Kendall Randolph Sunday and his coach breaks down what the Crimson Tide is getting.

Long marked as a top college football prospect in the state of Alabama, four-star Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones offensive lineman Kendall Randolph ended the process Sunday with a commitment to Alabama

Part of the reason the class of 2017 talent had been so well-known was because of his older brother and former UA hoops standout Levi Randolph, also a product of Bob Jones. Kendall favored basketball once upon a time before recently focusing on football and becoming one of the best in the South and his coach thinks it could lead him to playing on Sundays.

"As a prospect, he's a guy you use the letters NFL with," Kevin Rose said. "To me, he's a prototype left tackle or left guard, 6-5, 280 (pounds). He has a 6-foot-8 wingspan. If you were going to draw up an NFL offensive lineman, you'd draw up Kendall. 

"On top of that he's athletic, he's coachable, he shows that he can play through an injury -- he played his entire junior season with a torn labrum and never missed a game."

Having surgery following the 2015 season, Randolph hasn't been able to do much physically, but he remained a major voice in the Bob Jones locker room and on the field, assisting Rose throughout the spring. In the time his star senior has healed, it has helped him realize the growth off of the field he's witnessed.

"In the past two years, he's really grown up, become a man, become responsible," Rose said. "He's easy to coach, easy to talk to, loves to be coached and I think he's been a good teammate, a good leader. To see him go through the labrum injury, not miss a down, wait until after the season to be repaired and to see him in spring training, when he's not cleared for contact, he could have easily tried to get out of things or use that as an excuse to avoid certain conditioning or drills.

"He didn't. He was out there going 100 miles an hour...that's when you get the Reggie Ragland's, the great players, when it finally clicks upstairs with that great natural ability God blessed them with."

When it comes to the on-field traits, Rose again goes back to Randolph's basketball background.

"The body, the length, the wingspan that he can cover, the fact that he's a former basketball player, he can move laterally, pass-set," he said. "Where he's going to improve is in the weight room, as he gets significantly stronger in a college weight program. He's going to become a much better run blocker. 

"Most offensive linemen, where they come up short, is in being able to pass-set against great athletes. That's something he's really good at now." 

Rose expects Randolph to honor his verbal commitment to Alabama by shutting the entire recruiting process down.


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